Philosophy

Framework

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Suffering is a normal part of the human experience. It can drive personal growth, inspire novel ideas and solutions, fuel creativity, and—in problematic situations—precipitate change.

The act of suffering can often strengthen an individual and contribute to a sense of meaning. Sometimes, however, the act of suffering may not serve any practical purpose. To the contrary, mental and emotional suffering can often actually hinder people from pursuing their goals and leading vibrant lives.

Mental and emotional suffering can be complex and its effects can be subtle—dampening the senses, tempering joy, fueling self-sabotage, and limiting success with both personal relationships and professional pursuits. This lurking impact can often manifest as stagnation, keeping people from realizing their full potential. Most tragic, perhaps, is that even in an over-crowded city, some of the most profound suffering is often experienced alone.

Approach

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Each of us has a story. Some of our experiences we share openly with others, while some remain deeply private. Dr. Otonichar respects the sanctity and the privacy of the doctor-patient relationship and consistently practices strict doctor-patient confidentiality.

As a physician and therapist, Dr. Otonichar believes that mental health is characterized by flexibility and fluidity of thought and intention. He takes a balanced and gentle approach in his treatment style and is careful to gauge where each of his patients is. He enjoys helping his patients to work to live more authentically.

Dr. Otonichar has helped many individuals across the spectrum of suffering, ranging from those with excessive worry, low self-esteem, stress, low mood, and challenging life-circumstances, to those who merely feel stressed or overwhelmed. He is comfortable working with high-achieving individuals who simply no longer feel as fulfilled as well as those who struggle with more debilitating mental health problems such as psychosis or a major mood episode.

Dr. Otonichar is experienced in treating those with anxiety disorders, narcissistic personality, adjustment disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses, addictions, panic disorder, complex PTSD, and other personality disorders.

He is meticulous with his use of medications and works carefully to try to help his patients unlock underlying patterns that may perpetuate stagnation. While he readily offers the use of medications if and when they may be helpful, he has often found talk therapy to be one of the most effective ways to achieve enduring change.